Awards

POC has three awards for members who have made noteworthy contributions to the organization and our industry: the POC Ambassador Award, Harold Taylor Award and President's Award. The Ambassador and Harold Taylor Awards are presented annually while the President’s Award is given on a special merit basis.

Award Committee Policy and Procedure (PDF)

POC Ambassador Award

Kelly Hipkin – Organized Lives Ltd.

Congratulations to Kelly Hipkin who was presented with the Professional Organizers in Canada Ambassador Award at the 2016 Conference.

The owner of Organized Lives Ltd., Kelly Hipkin has been practicing organizing strategies for more than 15 years. She has shared her passion for organizing at many speaking opportunities from parent groups to women's retreats around Calgary.

Her training began with the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) where she earned her Trained Professional Organizer certificate in 2009. She then attended Mount Royal University for the Interior Decorator Certificate. She has been an active executive member of the Calgary POC Chapter for over seven years serving as vice-chair, chair, secretary, program coordinator and membership coordinator.

The POC Ambassador Award was created to honour a POC member who gives back to other organizers, who is involved with his or her chapter and who devotes time and energy volunteering in the local community. Chapter members and members of the local community may nominate POC members who have made outstanding contributions in these areas.

The criteria for this award are as follows:

  • The nominee is a member in good standing of POC.
  • The nominee is involved in mentoring other organizers.
  • The nominee currently or has in the past volunteered in their POC chapter.
  • The nominee contributes his or her time and energy in the community.

The Award is presented during the POC Conference.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2015 - Laura Kay, Laura Kay Organizing
  • 2014 - Elinor Warkentin, Goodbye Clutter!
  • 2013 - Stephanie Deakin, Re: Organized!
  • 2012 - Soraiya Kara, POSabilities Personal Organizing
  • 2011 - Wendy Hollick, Neat Spaces

Harold Taylor Award

Linda Chu – Out of Chaos Organizing Services

Congratulations to Linda Chu who was presented with the Professional Organizers in Canada Harold Taylor Award at the 2016 Conference.

Linda Chu is one of the founders of the BC Lower Mainland Chapter of Professional Organizers in Canada. A Gold Leaf Member, she has served on the POC National Board as director twice and as president.  She is currently one of POC’s national spokespersons, as well as Chair of the BC Lower Mainland Chapter, a role she has held for multiple terms.

As a dedicated volunteer in many capacities for POC for nearly 15 years, Linda has been instrumental in helping develop the BC LM Chapter as well as grow the organizing profession overall.  Linda is known for continuously providing guidance and support to her colleagues, whether they are new to the organizing industry or veterans in the field.

 

Soraiya Kara – POSabilities Personal Organizing

Congratulations to Soraiya Kara who was presented with the Professional Organizers in Canada Harold Taylor Award at the 2016 Conference.

Soraiya is the owner of POSabilities Personal Organizing and is a POC Gold Leaf Member. She served on the BC Lower Mainland Chapter Executive from 2003-2012, and has been elected to the Board of Directors twice, serving from 2008-2010 and 2012-2016. She is also an Ambassador Award recipient, receiving the award in 2012.

Like any other organizer, Soraiya started off wanting to organize the world one person at a time.

Back then, knowing that the industry hadn’t evolved yet, her goal was to shape the industry by volunteering for the new POC association. She believes that the growth of POC starts by listening to one member at a time and by speaking as an ambassador to anyone in the public – step-by-step, organizers can be a group that will make a difference.

During the first Annual POC Conference in 2001, the Board of Directors of POC was pleased to announce the inception of The Harold Taylor Award.

The Board of Directors created the award to recognize outstanding individual contribution, guidance and direction to the organizing profession, and for support of Professional Organizers in Canada. Each year, the Past President of POC assists a volunteer committee of between three and five POC members who agree to be responsible for the award process. Notice of the Harold Taylor Award is made to the membership on a yearly basis.

Members of POC are free to nominate their choice of one POC member whom they feel best exemplifies the mission of POC, and who by their actions has made a significant contribution to the field of organizing. The awards committee then selects the winner from amongst these nominations. Once the final choice has been made, the award is presented at the Annual Conference Gala Dinner.

The mission of Professional Organizers in Canada:

To develop professional organizing through creating awareness of the industry amongst the public and to provide our members with support by giving them the access to the tools, training, and resources to build their own businesses.

The award is an Inukshuk (in-uk-shook) sculpture created by artist R.Ellsworth. The Inukshuk is a monument created in the human image, which is erected in groups by the Inuit in the barren, treeless Arctic regions. The Inukshuk serves as a guide to give direction, to show the way and to say "I was" or "we were" here. The meticulously handcrafted replication is truly unique, as no moulds are used. Each component is randomly selected, and then the sculpture is erected piece by piece, just as the larger life version would be. This process ensures that each sculpture has its own identity.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2015 - Carolyn Caldwell, Wellrich Organizers
  • 2014 - Jane Veldhoven, Get Organized Professional Services
  • 2013 - Clare Kumar, Streamlife®
  • 2011 - Kristie Demke, Organomics Professional Organizing
  • 2010 - Joel-Marc Goldberg, The JGAP Group
  • 2009 - Jane Woolsey, An Organized Vision
  • 2008 - Donna Campbell, Organize-etc
  • 2007 - Debra Milne, professionalorganizers.com
  • 2006 - Morva Bowman, Masters of Space and Time
  • 2005 - Estelle Gee, Orderly Lives
  • 2004 - Hellen Buttigieg, We Organize U
  • 2003 - Karen Sencich, Havoc to Harmony and Laurene Livesey-Park, OrganizeMe101.com
  • 2002 - Margaret Miller, TERAGRAM Coaching & Consulting Group
  • 2001 - Harold Taylor, Harold Taylor Time Consultants Inc.

President's Award

Marie Potter

Congratulations to Marie Potter who was presented with the Professional Organizers in Canada Presidents Award at the 2016 Conference.

Marie Potter is one of the founders of the BC Lower Mainland Chapter of Professional Organizers in Canada where she shared free office space for POC meetings for many years. She was on the BCLM Executive in 2003 for 2 years and was instrumental in NOWeek marketing. A Silver Leaf Member, she has served on the POC National Board as the Director of Marketing since 2013. She is currently one of POC’s national spokespersons and holds a PMP certification.

Marie lead the Website Redesign Taskforce, Biz-Zone, AssociationsFirst and the French Translation team over a 2 year period to recreate the POC website. Today as a result of her outstanding contribution to POC and teamwork, POC enjoys a responsive, trend setting, concise and user-friendly website.

The President's Award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to POC or the organizing industry not described under other award categories. The POC board President chooses the recipient. If there is a recipient, this award is presented at conference.

The POC board President selects the President's Award recipient based on the following criteria:

  1. The recipient is a POC general member;
  2. The recipient has made an outstanding/special contribution to POC.
  3. The recipient does not qualify to receive an award under any other award categories.

The award may not be presented every year as it is at the President's discretion. The Award is presented during the POC Conference.

President's Award Past Recipients

  • 2011 - Alexandra Ross, Organizing Wizard
  • 2008 - Jacki Hollywood Brown, J-organize